- the Great Bear, the most prominent northern constellation, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.
Origin of Ursa Major
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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- an extensive conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere, visible north of latitude 40°. The seven brightest stars form the Plough. A line through the two brightest stars points to the Pole Star lying in Ursa MinorAlso called: the Great Bear, the Bear
Latin: greater bear
- A constellation in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere near Draco and Leo. Ursa Major (the Great Bear) contains the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.
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